Having just had some time looking after my grandchildren I am again humbled by how pure and innocent they are and how much they teach me if I stop to listen.
I have three grandchildren under 5 and have just had them to look after for the week.
They remind me to be present, not just be present but delight in the present of every moment of every day.
They teach me joy as I look into their delighted faces, delighted over the seemingly small things which are so important if we stop to look.
Children see magic in everything because they look for it.
They teach me a passion for all things now and a hunger to learn and discover.
They also teach me to laugh at myself and not take things so seriously.
They teach me that life is a gift but also an adventure and urge me to explore.
They teach me that everything worth doing is worth doing badly at first as I learn; I don’t have to be perfect.
We took them to visit some people nearby, who are lonely and don’t have children in their life.
My 5 year old grandson asks me why we visit them. I explain to him “Because we love them”. He then asks me “Why do we love them Nanna?” and I answer “because we can” and he nods his head to me in understanding and says, “okay”.
There are no questions about what do they do to earn our love he just accepts that we love.
Unconditional Love from Children
When do we teach our children to judge and love conditionally?
They remind me again that that is not our normal state.
Now they have left and I see their hand-prints left behind on my glass doors and I am reminded again to see not the print but the hand behind the print and it makes me smile.
If you have children in your life, be with them, really be with them and if you don’t there will be children around you and if you watch the small young children not yet taught to fear and judge, they will teach you wonder.
May you truly enjoy the children in your life and learn from them as you teach them.
Love & laughter, Karen Ellyard
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- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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